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Hon. Garrett E. Brown

Hon. Garrett E. Brown

Chief Judge (Ret.)
New York, NY, USA

Chief Judge Brown joins the JAMS panel after a distinguished judicial and legal career. Most recently, he served twenty-six years as United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, the last six as Chief Judge, where he led the court-wide effort to provide prompt, efficient justice to civil litigants, and to implement new local patent rules. During this period, he was designated by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to manage countless MDL cases, which resulted in numerous settlements. Prior to appointment to the federal judiciary, he served as Chief Counsel and Acting Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration and as General Counsel of the U.S. Government Printing Office. He was previously in private practice, where he concentrated on federal commercial litigation, including antitrust, employment, construction, environmental, banking, intellectual property, and securities matters. 

Judge Brown is highly regarded by counsel for his exceptional ability to expeditiously handle and resolve complex litigation. He is perceived by the parties as being extremely well prepared, knowledgeable, and experienced.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • During his 26 years on the federal bench, Chief Judge Brown has presided over and resolved by settlement, trial, or judgment some 9,000 cases involving a wide range of issues.

Representative Matters

During his service as Chief Judge, in addition to leading a large metropolitan court of 38 judicial officers, Judge Brown maintained a full civil caseload, assisting other judges in complex cases, trying about 11 cases a year and settling many, many more. He was also designated by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to manage numerous MDL cases during this period, which resulted in numerous settlements. Since many of the most challenging matters Judge Brown has handled are subject to confidentiality orders, the names and details are not set forth.

A small sampling of his representative matters includes:

  • Class Actions
    • ERISA: Presided over a class action dispute brought by participants in a Long Term Savings Plan for Management Employees for compensation for losses related to breach of ERISA-mandated duties in the operation and administration of the Plan and granted preliminary and final approval of the $29 million settlement
    • Securities Fraud
      • Presided over a trial in a securities fraud class action, which resulted in settlement prior to verdict at Judge Brown’s recommendation; settlement upheld on appeal to the Third Circuit
      • Presided over and approved the final settlement of the class action alleging violations of the Securities Act against former officers and directors of a now defunct generic drug manufacturer
    • Antitrust
      •  Presided over a consolidated matter involving a putative class of title insurance purchasers that alleged injuries as a result of a price-fixing conspiracy by insurance providers

Background and Education

  • Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1986-2012 (Chief Judge, 2005-2012)








Civil Rights

Class Action/Mass Torts




Federal Judge

Governmental/Public Agency

Health Care


Intellectual Property

Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort



New York, New York

Available to hear cases nationwide.

For a complete bio see http://www.jamsadr.com/brown/


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